These Unique Buildings Are Delightful Feats Of Architecture

Added by Nicola Porrill on Apr 1, 2016

10 Aqua Building (Illinois, USA)

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This has got to be one of the coolest, most impressive apartment blocks in the world. It's not hard to see where it gets its name – balconies of different sizes protrude from the walls, making the glass windows look like huge pools of water. As it happens, apartments aren't the only things contained within this building. It's also home to a hotel, some offices and even retail spaces, so you'll have everything you need under one roof!

9 The Ideal Palace (Hauterives, France)

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The Ideal Palace was built by a French artist/postman called Ferdinand Cheval. Starting in the 19th Century, he picked up individual stones on his rounds and slowly began crafting them into the magnificent structure that stands today. Completing all the work himself, it took Cheval 33 years, but the result is truly spectacular. Ornate carving and intricate detail make this not just an awe-inspiring building, but an astounding feat of determination and dedication, too.

8 Sutyagin House (Archanelsk, Russia)

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Russian gangster Nikolai Sutyagin decided to build a two-storey house out of wood. However, he wasn't quite happy with the result, so kept adding extra sections on in an apparently random way. What he's ended up with is a haphazard, precarious structure that stands at 144 feet tall, making it one of the world's tallest wooden houses. It might look pretty unstable – and quite frankly it probably is – but you've got to admit that this is still a pretty astounding structure to be built out of wood!

7 Wat Rong Khun (Chiang Rai, Thailand)

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Far from being an ordinary Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun is actually a huge art project. Its renovation was started by an artist called Chalermchai Kositpipat, and it's estimated to last for several more decades. It's plain white in color, which makes it both striking and beautiful to look at, especially with the addition of all its ornate, intricate carving. A stunning building with such a rich history deserves a place on this list of most amazing buildings in the world – especially when entry for visitors is free!

6 Robert Bruno's Steel House (Texas, USA)

Robert Bruno was a sculptor who wanted to create a building in which he could enjoy the views over Ransom Canyon in Lubbock, Texas. So it was that he began work on the steel house – and it was work that he was never able to finish. Bruno himself admitted that his purpose in creating the house was 'to do something that has some aesthetic value', so he constantly removed certain parts of the structure and added to others.

The entire building was made of steel and glass, so the fact that he completed all the work himself was incredibly impressive. Unfortunately Bruno died a few years ago, so we'll never get to know just what artistic creation his true genius was destined to come up with.

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